Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Wolf and the Watchmen

"The Wolf and the Watchmen: A Father, a Son, and the CIA"
Scott C. Johnson

This is the true story of Scott C. Johnson growing up with a father in the CIA. All his life Scott had moved around a lot. he had lived in many countries before the age of 14 when his father told Scott his dark secret. Scott's father was a spy.

At first it was fun his dad was James Bond but over time the secrets and the lies started to way him down. By the time Scott was an adult the pain of secret keeping had become to much and Scott needed a way out. In many way to fight off this father's heritage but it equal parts to follow it, Scott became a journalist working as a war corespondent.

Now Scoot uses the skills he learned and picked up from his father to find secrets and bring them to light, but the only real secret he wants to know is who is his father?

To be completely honest i did not think I was going to like this book, but i did. This true store is amazing and even a little hard to believe. I just loved his writing style. In college I minored in journalism and I have always loved the way that journalist's write. It is always so straight forward and easy to read. And i feel that Scott does not hold anything back.

Even though this book is not an adventure story it still pulls the reader through the book hoping to see what will happen next. This is the story of a truly amazing man and I feel blessed that he took the time to tell us not only about himself but about his father and the things he has done.

I have only one problem with the book. At the beginning of the book there is a note from the author saying that this story is true that names have been changed but nothing else, and that he did not add in any fake people to the story of his life. My problem is that this note is really hard to find. The note is on the copy right page and is in really little print.

That note from the author needs to be on its own page and really easy to find. That note almost more important then the rest of the book. because without that note its a nice tale but with it this book becomes a revelation of human power and dignity.

I would give this book a 9.2 out of 10.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Pillars of the World

"The Pillars of the World"
Anne Bishop
Tir Alainn Trilogy
Fairy Tale Fantasy

Ari is a young witch in a long line of witches. After her mother's and grandmother's dies she is left alone and the local village treats her very poorly. One day when visiting the village a local mystic puts a love cures on her. The spell forces her to give a totem to the first man she sees. the man who get the totem can have her for the next mouth. But what man will come across her path first?

The fairy folk's world is starting to fall apart and no one knows why? the leaders of the fae is a brother and sister, one the sun and the other then moon. As they try to understand what is happening to their world Lunian the fire-bringer confined in his sister that he feels lost and that although the clans of the fae expect him to be with the women of their clan he can find no joy in it. but is there someone else he could come to love? if the fae can love at all.

At the same time an evil priest has been traveling across the land turning the people against the witches the old places that they guard. In his own land her has killed all the witches and he now seeks to cleans this land as well of there "evil" kind. but what he's doing is causing unforeseen problems and he could being more evil then ever before.

This is a hard book to judge. On the one hand I could not put the book down I wanted to keep readying and never stop, but on the other hand some of the plot points and words she used ware really uncomfortable for me to read. to be honest the book talked about sex a lot and at the beginning I almost put the book down.

In the end I'm glade I did not because about half way through the book we move away from the sex and get in to important things and the book gets a lot more interesting. About 25% of the way in to the book the writer stops giving you a lot of worthless information and sexual commentary and gets down to the true telling of the story. The next 75% of the book I loved and I look forward to reading more of her stuff.

So should you read this book? I would say its worth a read just not of younger readers and just give it 100 pages it get a lot better.

I would give this book a 7.3 out of 10.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Silverwing & Sunwing

"Silverwing" & "Sunwing"
Kenneth Oppel
The Silverwing Series
Animal Fiction

Shade is a young Silverwing bat who is a little small for his age. One day on a dare from his rival shade brakes the bats oldest and most important law. Shade looked at the sun.

At the beginning of time there was a great war between the birds and the beasts. During the war the bats did not take a side and when the war ended the birds and the beast punished the bats by banning then from ever seeing the sun again for he rest of time.

When Shade saw the sun he upset the balance of power and angered the owls. In revenge the owls burn his colonies home to the ground and set all the bats early to hibernaculem. The bats winter Hibernation cave. On the way Shade is lost in a storm but this event sets him on the path to becoming the bat he wants to be and the hero the world needs.

At the same time two meat eating jungle bats are loose in the city and killing birds. This angers the owls even more. The owls close the skies to all bats and start gathering for war against the bats. Will Shade be able to defeat the jungle bats? Stop the war? and bring the sun back to his people?

I put the first two books of this series together in the review because these two books really should be read together as if they are one book. The end of the first book really does got anywhere and I did not really like it but after readying the second book I loved them. So I recommend reading both books back to back as if the first book is really just the start of the first it will make it a much better read.

I really liked this book. I like that as a reader we get to see in to the likes of bats. there culture, religion and there relationships with others. It was really fun. The book reminded me of "Watershipdown" in a lot of ways but just more for kids and a little less political.

I loved getting in to shades head. In the first book he is a little whinny but by the end of the second book I loved him and was really attached to him. I also really liked his friends and colony members. everything felt very natural and I was just pulled through the book from end to end.

I would give the books as a set a 7.8 out of 10.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Warm Bodies

"Warm Bodies"
Isaac Marion
Zombie Apocalypse

R is not like other zombies. Were most zombies are happy to walk around, grown and ever so often take a bite out of some one, he wants more. It does not help that R and his best friend M are both some of the most vocal zombies in the airport, or that he still thinks about life before and has a drive to learn more. But in the end what more can a zombie in a suit living in an old airport hope to find?

One day R and M take a walk to go find food. During the hunt R kills the leader of the group of humans. A young man who may have been living but was dead on the inside. After R eats the boys brains he starts to see with his mind and his feelings.

After this R realizes that he has amazing feelings, love, for Julie the the human boys girlfriend. These feelings are so strong that R saves Julies life and brings her back to his home in the airport. Soon Julie sees that something is different about R and she starts to have feelings for hims.

Will there love be enough to keep them together? and if this can happen to R then can it also happen to the rest of the zombies?

Warm Bodies is a classic retelling of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", but with zombies. They don't even try to hide it the book uses similar names, identical scene, and the political statements are very inline with each other. That being said the book adds a lot to the zombie mythology and creates a unique story.

I really liked this book. R is an amazing character and for a guy who can't say much more then "Braiiins" he has some really powerful words. I also really liked the setting that the writer created for the reader. This book combines the best parts of zombie lore and the words of Shakespeare.

A movie version of this book came out in February 2013 under the same name. The movie and the book have a lot in common the basic feel and plot are the same, also they are both really good. There are three big differences between the book and movie.

First, in the book R is in his late 20's early 30's and in the movie he is college age. Second, the movie is a lot funnier then the book. The book is funny and has some really amazing parts but the movie just focuses more on that. Third, the book is a lot more insightful and the points that the book makes about people and s.ociety just are not in the movie.

For me I liked both a lot. the movie was more fun but the book had a lot more power to it. I would give the book a 8 out of 10.